Saturday, September 17, 2011

FALL ADOPT-A-PARK SERVICE PROJECT

Today was our Fall Adopt-A-Park service project.  I'm not totally sure why the fall service project isn't supported anywhere near what the Spring service project is.  But for being Fall, we did have a nice turnout.  There were, I believe, 15 members who attended.  We removed and emptied old sand bags from the North launch ramps as well as cleaned up weeds and crap from those same ramps.  Even though hauling sand bags isn't exactly fun, it was enjoyable seeing and being with the other members of the club that you don't see very often otherwise.  As a club, lets be sure to support these two service projects.  It is a small price to pay for the privilege of being allowed to have two slalom courses set up for us to use.  Speaking of use, there is still plenty of nice weather left before the season is over.  In some ways this is the best time of the year because less people are out on the lake so less waves, less boat traffic, and no lines to launch your boat.  See you at the course!

Friday, September 16, 2011

INT Seeks Coordinators to Host Comps

INT Seeks Coordinators to Host Comps

The INT League is seeking state coordinators for the 2011 season to host slalom, wakeboard, wake skate, wake surf and kneeboard events. The coordinator position is a part time business for outgoing, self-motivated, disciplined individuals who would like to grow their water sports community. 
The INT League is a nationally consistent program which hosts a tour of events in each state, and concludes the season with a US Championships. The INT program offers a unique ability based competition format driving the development of water sports.  
INT provides coordinators with turn-key marketing and organization tools to host successful tournaments. INT's grass roots program partners coordinators with people and companies who support water sports; as well as classroom and field training to establish an INT tour.  
INT is looking for applicants in:
Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Utah. 
INT is interested in appointing individuals who can commit to organizing events for more than one season, and make an impact in their community. Applicants must have proficient computer skills; capable of using excel, word, and email, a flexible schedule and stable financial situation.  
Hiring takes place in November and December; freshman coordinators attend a three day training seminar in Seattle November 4-6. They learn all of the administrative components and INT's Nationally Consistent Scoring Program; rookie coordinators learn the tricks of the INT trade. In addition, INT will send one staff person out to assist with the first event.  
State Coordinators are contractors representing the International Water Sports Organization (IWSO-INT League); the enjoy the many rewards of having their own business affiliated with the water sports industry. The responsibilities include organizing and producing fun events across your state by meeting and working with ski clubs, lake owners, municipalities, local dealers, area representatives, national sponsors and competitors. For the effort, coordinators are rewarded with both financial and emotional rewards. 
If you think you are this individual please send your resume and a cover letter detailing your water sports and business experience and why you are interested in becoming a state coordinator to fun@intleague.com. For more information, please visit the website http://www.intleagues.com/partners/state-coordinators.

About the INT League
The INT League is a marketing and promotional company that hosts amateur waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard, and wake skate tournaments nationwide. For more information please see the INT website at http://www.intleague.com/.

Please let me know if you have anyone in your area that you think might be interested in the position.

Thank you,

Jacqueline Stocks
INT League
Communications Director
Office: 360.886.7822

Monday, September 12, 2011

UWSC Adopt-a-Park service project

Dear Utah Water Ski Club Members, 
 
The second and last Adopt-a-Park service project of the year is this Saturday September 17th, meet at 10 am in front of the main building at Utah Lake State Park. We will moving sandbags from the south harbor to the storage area and possibly picking up trash as well. If you have a wheelbarrow or a trailer please bring it! Also we will need a couple of people to stay afterwards to help Tim and Paul with some slalom course work. All club members who show up and help will get to choose one item from http://www.cafepress.com/utahwaterski
 
Utah Water Ski Club's web page. http://www.utahwaterski.com
Utah Water Ski Club's facebook page.  http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/6309988762/

Sincerely,
 
UWSC Board
 
 

Summary of the Summer of 2011

First, an apology for my slackness as off late.  I have been slow at updating the blog and I apologize for that.  No excuses other than I've been waterskiing.  But still, I'll be much quicker from here on out.

Labor Day is past us now which normally means Summer is over and Fall is on its way.  I hate this time of year.  Even though we are still skiing I know our days are numbered before it gets to cold to keep skiing (unless you are Keith Morgan and then you never stop if the lake isn't completely frozen!).  But don't let the thought of Winter stop you from getting out.  It's not Winter yet.  So even though the water temperature has definitely gone down, the days are still really nice.  So go turn some buoys while the weather still allows it.

This has really been a fun Summer.  Lots of things have gone on.  Last month we had a Women's Only clinic put on by Carly Clifton.  Since I am of the opposite sex, I didn't attend.  But from everything I have heard it was a great success.  Everyone who attended had a wonderful time and really felt like they learned a lot.  Maybe we should have her do a clinic for all of us next year.

I attended two tournaments this summer at Sunten.  The first one was July 3rd.  Those who were there witnessed some amazing skiing by Chris Rossi and Nick Parsons.  Those two went head-to-head with Chris Rossi coming out the victor with 3 at 41 off!  41 OFF!!!  When's the last time you got to witness someone running into 41 of?!?!  Never?  It was an unreal experience to just stand there and watch the battle between these two titans.  I was in absolute awe!

I didn't compete in this tournament due to a prior injury.  So I was the photographer at the event.  I took a picture of everyone in our club who competed so I could put it up on our blog.  Well, my wife accidentally deleted the files off my computer before I could put them up.  Needless to say, I wasn't a happy camper.  So no pictures.  And I had some great ones.  I took a picture of every club member going around 6 ball as they came back down the course.  That included a picture of Chris Rossi - who is a member of our club - going around 6 ball at 39 off!!!  But I think my favorite picture was of our good friend Mark Chilcutt.  Unfortunately he didn't make it back down to the six ball so I got him doing the walk of shame!  It's a classic!  Hmm, I wonder if Mark had something to do with the missing files off my computer??

Last month was the GOODE State Championships.  What a fun tournament!  This tournament was sponsored by both GOODE and Parks Sportsman in Orem.  GOODE had a little "goode" bag for all attendees and Parks Sportman gave $10.00 gift certificates to every winner of every division - all 20 divisions!  A big thank you to both GOODE and to Parks Sportsman for supporting waterskiing in Utah.

Our club not only had a great turn out but we also took home a ton of metals.  I do have to disagree with Scot here about his prior comment that everyone who participates in this tournament gets a metal.   I think everyone in our club who entered the tournament did get a metal ....... except for me.  But that's ok.  I did take 5th place in my division (we won't mention that there were only a total of six in my division).  But it really was a lot of fun.  Here is a list of club members and their families who participated in the tournament:  John, Dana, and Shaelya Adams, Scot and Kelly Chipman, Matthew Chipman, Mark and Sienna Chilcutt, Mike, Joshua, and Tyler Nelson, Tim Peterson, Keith Morgan, and Garn,Sherry, and Lydia Arnold.   You have to tip your hat to Scot who won his division with a score of 1 1/2 at 39 off!  When is Scot going to move to the Open or Master's Division?

Little Lydia's 3rd place run!
Scott has already posted the results so I won't bother reposting them here.  But I will add something that is missing from those results - the results of the Novice Division.  My little 10 year old girl Lydia leaned to slalom ski just last year.  So this was her very first tournament.  I entered her in the Novice Division.   My wife, at the last minute, decided that she wanted to enter as well!  I about fell off my chair when she said that!  So both Sherry and Lydia entered the Novice division.  Low and behold, Sherry ended up taking 2nd place and Lydia took 3rd!  I couldn't believe it!  I'm pretty proud of them even though after the tournament Lydia made the comment, "Geez Dad, you're the waterskier yet you are the only one who didn't get a medal."  Thanks for pointing that out Lydia.  I took a few pictures at this tournament so I will put them in the Photo's of Members area.

I know most of you don't compete in tournaments.  But you ought to consider next year giving it a try.  They really are fun even if you only finish fifth out of six participants.  Everyone is so nice and so supportive of everyone else.  And besides, you just might get to see Chris Rossi ski 41 off!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Utah Water Ski Club September News

-Congratulations to all of the club members who participated in the Goode State Championships last month. See below for a group picture after the event and the results. This is the best tournament of the year in Utah and nearly everyone that skis gets a medal.

- The second Adopt-a-Park service project of the year is coming up on Saturday September 17th. Plan on meeting at the harbor at 10am, details will come later but we will likely be helping clean the south area ramps which have been closed all summer due to the high water.

- Reminder that now through January club and wait list members can get 20% off at Custom Covers, normally 5%. Custom Covers will be traveling to Bear Lake, Flaming George & Lake Powell in the near future to provide courtesy estimates for any marine upholstery and canvas needs you may have. Go to http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/member-discounts.html to see all discounts offered to club members with a current membership card.

- Course #3 was never set up this year due to high water, lack of help/interest, and very little protection from rollers. Our equipment people need help installing extensions on course #3 so that it will be ready to set up next spring. If you can help please e-mail/call Tim Peterson waterskinude@yahoo.com (801) 652-0089. Tim has received very little help this year and if it was not from him the clubs docks and courses would not be the same.

- FYI, The entire area between the two wakeless buoys in the shortcut is wakeless!

Utah Water Ski Club's facebook page.  http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/6309988762/

Sincerely,

UWSC Board